Best New Dark Music

Originally released independently and now re-released through Manifesto, No Longer Lovers is a slinky production with the sex appeal of an FKA Twigs track. Kassandra lures you in with her cool, self-assured vocals, and the track pulls you deeper in with its quirky chorus.
Fever Ray’s Plunge is a sonically wild album that’s already a November 2017 essential. All things considered, Mustn’t Hurry is one of the tamer tracks. Heavy electronic elements abound, and Karin’s hypnotic way of vocalizing makes the song a solid one. But the shining aspect of all this is the video.
I missed Sleigh Bells’ signature raucous sound; the overwhelming assault of synths and punk that makes me want to punch a full-grown man right in the beard. Thankfully, Rainmaker scratches that itch.
This week, Sleigh Bells released a single off their upcoming mini-LP, Kid Kruschev. The track is not quite what you’d expect from the boisterous noise pop group. Listen to the melodic single And Saints below.
Trent Reznor isn't going anywhere. As the years go by, his talent ages like a fine wine—it gets more and more distinguished. Needless to say, We Are The Guard are obsessed with the songs dropping from Nine Inch Nails' new EP, ADD VIOLENCE.
The catchy ear worm of a hook on Bicep really helps separate TR/ST out from all the other artists influenced by the dark undertones of new wave and industrial. This is the kind of song that has massive crossover appeal.
Swedish/Filipina singer/songwriter/producer Luha channels the divine feminine on She. We Are The Guard encourage you to let her transport you.
There might come a time when we stand up for ourselves and say No More. This protesting yowl serves as the tingleworthy narrative behind funeral pop outfit MXMS, a new project from electronic producer/pianist Jeremy Dawson, featuring singer Ariel Levitan.
The Polica I’ve come to know and love is an intimate group, whose synth & trip hop tendencies have helped zone me out of life throughout the years. So you can imagine my surprise at listening to their new track, Still Counts, featuring Spank Rock.
In Golddigger, Tsar B conjures up a dark, mystical melody, and debuts a large, witchy performance for the books. Is this how Belgium makes alternative pop? Whatever’s brewing in the water over there, We Are The Guard are head over heels regardless.
I’ve long held that the Swedes have been doing everything better than us for some time. Enter Stockholm-based LÉON, who proves you can write a break up track that doubles as a breezy summer anthem. Tired of Talking is the debut single off her Treasure EP, released last December. The video adds a transfixing set of visuals to a song that needs no additional help.

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